Governor on the spot for allegedly sponsoring 5 MCAs for Ethiopia tour
22 August 2016, 16:42
Nairobi - The Kirinyaga County Government has been accused of misuse of funds following reports that it sponsored five Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) for a tour to Ethiopia.
The five are said to have been in Ethiopia for one week, a tour which was sponsored by the Governor Joseph Ndathi-led county government as an appreciation for lobbying and supporting the approval of the 2016/17 budget.
Majority of the Ward Reps had raised concern over the inclusion of KES.20 million for each of the 20 Wards in the county, money the governor said would go to improvement of feeder roads.
Those who travelled for the tour were some members of the Budget committee while other members were left out.
Finance committee chairman, Njamumo Jinaro accused the county government of spending taxpayer’s money as inducement to some MCAs so that they can sing to their tune.
He said they were excluded from the trip as they were opposed to the expenditure of the money meant for roads with a proposal that the residents decide on the projects they want supported.
However, Kirinyaga County assembly clerk, Aidi Kamau said the tour was justified and dismissed the allegations that the MCAs were being bribed.
He said the MCAs were out to benchmark in Ethiopia since the country has similar devolved units
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